How to Apply to Graduate Programs - NC State University Graduate School

A Quick Guide to the NC State Graduate School Application Process

We know that applying to graduate school can be overwhelming and we're here to help. Call us at (919) 515-2872 and we will be happy to answer all of your questions. We encourage you to contact the Director of Graduate Programs for your program of interest. You can also ask us a question, chat online, or search our FAQ.

  1. Step 1: Choose a graduate degree program or certificate

    Search our listing of graduate programs and certificates to find one that matches your interests and academic background.

  2. Step 2: Review application deadlines

    Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the Graduate School priority deadlines or the Program Deadlines, whichever is earlier. International applicants typically have earlier deadlines to allow time to process necessary visa documentation. Applicants applying for financial aid usually have earlier deadlines, too.

  3. Step 3: Prepare your application materials

    All applications must include the following:

    • Application Fee ($75 for domestic and US permanent residents, $85 for international, $25 for certificates)
    • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
    • Three recommendations (optional for certificate applicants)
    • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
    • Personal Statement

    In addition, each graduate program has its own requirements, such as exam scores or résumés. You can find these requirements here.

    All of the above listed requirements can/should be uploaded to the online application, and test scores should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.

  4. Step 4: Submit your application

    Online application

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